Some of my friends have already been to various cemeteries to place flowers on the graves of loved ones. There are readings and flowers and some personal time spent with each person who has left this earth. I find the whole experience to be loving and respectful.
Great grandparents are honored with a visit and flowers and then all family members' graves are decorated as their passing is acknowledged and honored.
When I expressed surprise at all the activity, one friend asked me what did I think Memorial Day meant and the only thing I could come up with was that it was a holiday, a day off work for lots of people, and time for families to get together and I actually thought it was mostly about the men and women who died while doing service for this country.
Hearing my friends talking about their families and what it means to them to pay respect this way has given me so much, a blessing, and joy. Thinking beyond my only concept of this holiday to include remembrance of family members is awesome.
This is Monday, Memorial Day 2012. I have a picture of the dedication this weekend of a wonderful statue that has been added to the Veterans Memorial Park here in town. Here is a picture of the statue; I will post some pics of the dedication ceremonies on another post.
|New Statue in Veterans Memorial Park|
This was how soldiers went back to find their fallen friends.
|Side view of Soldier Statue in Veterans Memorial Park|